Bird Feeding!

Rosie

Youth Team

T.B.T.

Forum Princess
Hi there. The RSPCA has a website page with information on how to assist nestlings and fledglings here:


I hope that you can find something there that will help!

Thanks for the link.

It’s flapping around the back garden and appears to be fed by it’s mother / father so I’m going to leave it alone but keep an eye on it over the next couple of days. And, kick the cat out in the front garden. 👍
 

Rosie

Youth Team
It’s flapping around the back garden and appears to be fed by it’s mother / father so I’m going to leave it alone but keep an eye on it over the next couple of days.
How’s things going with your avian visitor?
 

T.B.T.

Forum Princess
Well, I checked again last evening and couldn’t find it. No feathers or deadness and it’s a walled garden so the only way was up.

Thinking it must have flown away.:love:

I’ll be listening out for some wood pecking noises as I have a 300 year walnut tree in the garden which is the home for lots of wildlife. :)
 

Lefkasman

Steve Chettle
Inevitable unfortunately. Get a cat, ours and a neighbour's have dispatched a few and a bait box from Amazon also helped. Sounds like we're over run with the bloody things, we aren't, but I've seen more recently than ever before. Just a tip, I'd take a photo but it's not poss at the moment. I bought some large plastic plantpot bases, drip trays if you like, and attached them to the bottom of the feeders. This stops a lot of dislodged seed from going on the floor. Also our feeders are hanging from a pole stuck in the ground. The little f*ers will climb up any pole to get to the food. An upturned funnel on the pole stops that.

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I'd be really careful putting poison down if you have animals of your own. I've known people to lose pets to secondary poisoning. A half dead rat staggering across the garden gets bit by a cat or a dog can be a problem. It will kill owls and other birds of prey too.
Traps are much better.

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Buckaroo

axe to grind
Whitethroat
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JustinL

Viv Anderson
This is a cool thread. Been on here for over ten years and never thought to come in.

Have rescued a few colourful parrots in my time .. Galahs, Cockatoos but mainly we find Rainbow Lorikeets.

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Last year we tried to save this young one.. he was hit by a car and was on the side of the road when we picked him up -- he was ok for about a month or so but he didn't make it I'm afraid. :cry:
 

Lefkasman

Steve Chettle
This is a cool thread. Been on here for over ten years and never thought to come in.

Have rescued a few colourful parrots in my time .. Galahs, Cockatoos but mainly we find Rainbow Lorikeets.

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Last year we tried to save this young one.. he was hit by a car and was on the side of the road when we picked him up -- he was ok for about a month or so but he didn't make it I'm afraid. :cry:
There's a woman who goes around a small park in Mablethorpe in her mobility scooter with 3 jack Russell,s and a parrot on her head. I thought I was seeing things at first. It goes for a fly around now and again then comes back. I'll try and get a picture next time I see her.
 

Rosie

Youth Team
Why is it, when I spend copious amounts of money on bird and hedgehog food, plus the feeders, houses etc., the most successful items that wildlife in my garden uses are an upturned bucket and a plastic crate to hide the food from the cats?D2A2DD6B-18F0-4FEF-A184-E53C1316B846.jpeg
 

Grenville 1898

In the Trenches
There's a woman who goes around a small park in Mablethorpe in her mobility scooter with 3 jack Russell,s and a parrot on her head. I thought I was seeing things at first. It goes for a fly around now and again then comes back. I'll try and get a picture next time I see her.

Sounds like the start of a Monty Python sketch!
 

Forest65

First Team Squad
Added another tick today, Woodchat Shrike, smaller than I expected. Plus a bonus of a Kingfisher flying straight along the road about 10 feet in front of the car on the way home for about 50 yards before it took a right turn. Along with many vultures and birds of prey was a good day out.
 

Rosie

Youth Team
Hi. Has anyone ever tried putting copper coins in a bird bath, to reduce the growth of algae?

The best way obviously is to change the water daily, and try to limit the sunlight on it, but until my other half agrees to being taught how to fill the baths(!) if I’m not at home one evening, I have read about this tip and thought about giving it a go. I believe that it needs to be pre-1992 coins, because of the greater copper content, so before I turn my small change bottle upside down all over the floor, I thought I would ask you knowledgable lot. 😀
 

Lefkasman

Steve Chettle
Hi. Has anyone ever tried putting copper coins in a bird bath, to reduce the growth of algae?

The best way obviously is to change the water daily, and try to limit the sunlight on it, but until my other half agrees to being taught how to fill the baths(!) if I’m not at home one evening, I have read about this tip and thought about giving it a go. I believe that it needs to be pre-1992 coins, because of the greater copper content, so before I turn my small change bottle upside down all over the floor, I thought I would ask you knowledgable lot.
Found this. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/...ely if,the possibility of mosquitoes breeding.
Think a good scrub with baking soda might do it too, but it sounds like an ongoing problem. My mate had a lovely landscaped garden with ponds and streams but he gave up in the end because of an algae problem.

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Captain Sinister

Senior doom Monger
We have regularly heard owls twit-twooing in the big ash tree at the far end of the garden.
Not heard them for a while.
However, last night we were kept awake by a repetitive peep-peep.
On going out to investigate, we were amazed to see a fledgling tawny owl sat on a branch, peep-peeping for all its worth, presumably telling its parents that it was hungry.
 
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congo_red

Ale ape.
I’d just finished watering the garden and was about to tidy the hose away when this chap swooped in.
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Can’t see it from this angle, but it had caught something and flew off with it in its claws.

I’m thinking a sparrowhawk, but I’m sure you chaps will correct me if I’m wrong?
 
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